By Gabriel Agbonlahor

4th Jul, 2022 | 3:28pm

Man United tipped to sign 10 players as near-£60million deal agreed - Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed Man United need to make eight or nine more signings if the Frenkie de Jong deal goes through.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa forward said United still have a lot of work to do.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano reported (3 July) that a fee of around £55.8million has been agreed with Barcelona for the 25-year-old but personal terms are yet to be discussed.

The clubs are said to be discussing a £17million add-ons structure.

Agbonlahor has praised the midfielder but insisted it is only the beginning of Man United’s transfer business.

Yes, he’s a good signing but that’s just a start.” he told Football Insider.

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“I love Frenkie de Jong. He’s very good on the ball, very good at passing, he can start off attacks, but Manchester United need so much more.

“They need eight or nine more good players. They need centre-halves, they need another right back, another left back to cover Luke Shaw’s injuries. They need defensive midfielders, wingers, they need another striker.

They’ve got so many problems that this season coming, I don’t see them finishing in the top four again.

We could come to a situation where, the norm is Manchester United not playing Champions League football, unless they win the Europa League because they just don’t look anywhere near, quality-wise, as close as Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and even Spurs now. Spurs are bringing in good players, Arsenal are coming a bit closer to top four as well.

So, Manchester United for me are in big trouble and Frenkie de Jong is only the start. That’s like 10% of the problem sorted, they’ve got so much work to do.

Ten Hag is under pressure straight away. Everyone is going to be after them, everyone will be criticising ten Hag so he has to really start the first five or six games with a good tally of points because Manchester United are a team everyone is enjoying having a bad time.

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